Dec 25, 2011

Origami Jewelry: Decorated Bezels

I'm always looking for new ideas to utilize origami models.
This time, while visiting the local craft store, I came across a product called Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. The picture in the package showed beautiful bezel charms, and I though that it would be a nice idea to make some of them with origami models. So I bought it, along with a few blank bezels that I found in the jewelry aisle.
Before starting, I looked over the internet for some advice on how to use the product. There are plenty of tutorials, just google "Mod Podge Dimensional Magic".

This is what I came up with:

Origami Jewelry: Decorated Bezels

I was pleased with the result, although I know there are some things about the technique that I will need to improve (I got a few bubbles, and the paper changed its color a little because I did not seal it properly).

If you want to give this project a try, here are some brief instructions:

  • Bezels: Try to buy the biggest bezels you can find. Keep in mind that you will have to fold an origami model to fit inside it.
  • Glue.
  • A paper sealer: I used Mod Podge Original, but I later found out that the Mod Podge Paper would have been a better option, as it's acid free.
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.
  • Tiny Origami Models: Choose simple models, that fold flat. I used the following models:
    • Crane, traditional, folded with a 1" (25 mm) square of regular origami paper.
    • Butterfly, created by Ralph Matthews, folded with a ¾" x ½" (19 mm x 13 mm) rectangle of duo origami paper.
    • Flapping Bird, traditional, folded with a  ¾" (19 mm) square of regular origami paper.
    • Owl, created by Robert Neale, folded with a 1" x ½" (25 mm x 13 mm) rectangle of regular origami paper.
    • Wildflower, created by me, folded with a 1 ½" (44 mm) square of regular origami paper.
    • Goldfish, created by me, folded with 1" x ¾" (25 mm x 19 mm)  and  ¾" x ½" (19 mm x 13 mm) rectangles of duo origami paper.
  • Scraps of paper, beads, rhinestones, glitter, embellishments, etc.

  • Choose a paper as background, and cut it to fit into the bezel.
  • Glue the background paper to the bezel using Mod Podge Original. Apply another layer of Mod Podge Original on the top to seal the paper.
  • Fold the origami model. Apply regular glue between the layers of the model and let it dry. If you do not glue the model, it will try to unfold when wet.
  • Glue the model and the rest of the embellishments to the background paper using Mod Podge Original. Apply another layer of Mod Podge Original on top to seal the model. Let it dry (at least one hour).
  • Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, and let it dry till it looks clear (at least 24 hours).
  • Apply a second layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, and let it dry till it looks clear (at least 24 hours). You can apply a third layer, if necessary.

Some things I learned:
  • You have to be patient and wait for the sealer and the different layers to dry before going to the next step. This was one of my mistakes, I was too anxious to see the final result that I did not wait enough time.
  • When pouring the product you need to be careful not to form bubbles. You can pop up the big ones with a  needle, but this will not work with the smaller ones.

I hope you like this project.

1 comment:

plegándome said...

Me parece muy buena idea, me parece especialmente delicada la que hay en la parte inferior que parece una pulsera y especialmente inspirado el colgante con los peces y las burbujas. ¡¡bonitas joyas!!
Gracias por el turorial :)

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